In June, the European Human Brain Project (HBP) invites scientists, physicians, philosophers and students to join the project’s first large international conference devoted to the understanding of consciousness. The conference will focus on fundamentals and theory, experimental studies, computational models, and clinical-societal implications of consciousness research. This is the first in a series of large, HBP international conference and will take place in central Barcelona on June 21-22, 2018.
Measuring consciousness can be critical in the clinical setting, but current tools are relatively crude. Researchers in the Human Brain Project are working on more accurate and clinically useful ways of measuring whether a patient is conscious, in order to help doctors to make decisions on treatment and care.
CANON project and the Cajal Institute of the HBP's Mouse Brain Organisation Subproject will develop a common approach to integrate anatomical data into models of cortical function.
Philosopher Kathinka Evers does not think there is a sharp dualism between the unconscious and the conscious. Rather, the leader of the Human Brain Project’s Neuroethics and Philosophy Group, and the Ethics and Society Subproject (SP12) sees consciousness as a continuum.